LARAMIE -- Ryan Yarborough went 2-2 against Colorado State during his four seasons in Laramie.

One of those wins was in 1991, a 35-28 victory inside War Memorial Stadium. Yarborough and the Cowboys tripped up the Rams again the following season at Hughes Stadium, 31-14.

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Those two wins were sandwiched between a pair of losses, 17-8 his freshman season and a heartbreaking 41-21 thrashing as a senior.

That last one really hurt. It cost the Pokes and outright WAC title. Instead, they shared those honors with Fresno State and played in the Copper Bowl.

CSU finished that season a game under .500.

Now, one of the greatest players in Wyoming history is getting another shot at his Border War rivals. One last chance to hoist the Bronze Boot.


Well, he picked Wyoming to knock off the Rams 31-10 in our weekly pick 'em contest.

That counts, right?

All kidding aside, we are excited to have Yarborough join us this week. If you need a refresher, he snagged 231 balls for 4,374 yards and 42 touchdowns. When he left school, those were all UW, NCAA and WAC records.

Then some guy named Marcus Harris showed up on campus.

Our guest picker this week also has some skin in the game -- quite literally. Desi Eberhardt's son, Ayden, is a senior receiver for the Cowboys. Her daughter, Lexi, plays basketball for the CSU women's team.

It's a house divided, but not during football season. This week, it's all about the Pokes.

Last week's results

Let's just say Kasey Orr went out on a limb with his picks last week.

The branch broke. And it was about 50 feet in the air.

Yes, he took Hawaii. Oops. He also selected CSU, New Mexico and UNLV, all three heavy under dogs. He took a chance to get back in the race early. It didn't work.

He heard the cat calls from you, too. Going 4-6 was his punishment.

DJ Johnson and guest picker, Marci Mahoney, tied with me at 8-2. That will happen when we all have the same picks.

Casey Dearcorn went a respectable 7-3, joining my wife, Emilee O'Brien and former Wyoming and Denver Broncos star, Mitch Unrein.

Michigan really screwed us.

That was my "bloodbath" pick of the week. Instead, Michigan State showed up to play in The Big House. I was wrong -- happy to be wrong, too. Congrats to the Spartans.

The loss that makes me the most upset is Oklahoma State falling at home to Texas.

The Big XII is the weirdest conference on planet earth. Just when it looked like OSU was the only legit title contender in the league, they get blasted at home by a team they should've smoked.

Oh well.

My "Bloodbath" pick

This week, this wasn't such an easy decision.

Though MSU pulled off the unthinkable, the Spartans were a 20-plus point dog in Ann Arbor last week. Seemed like a slam dunk.

My selection this week is more out of pure dislike than anything scientific. I am taking the Northwestern Wildcats (-4) to hammer Nebraska Saturday in Evanston, Ill.

The Huskers are making their second appearance in three weeks on this list. Ohio State toyed with them in the opener before burying the visitors. The guys from Lincoln might have been my pick last week, too. They didn't play thanks to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the Wisconsin football team.

Craig Bohl joked with reporters Monday saying he went to Nebraska and the "N" stands for "knowledge."

He said it, not me. Though I whole-heartedly agree.

Northwestern 42
Nebraska 24

Overall pick 'em records '20

Casey: 14-6
Cody: 14-6
DJ: 14-6
Emilee: 10-10
Kasey: 9-11

Without further ado:


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